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Police: Felon caught with drugs, guns

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Police say a man who sped away from a traffic checkpoint in Spring Hope was a convicted felon caught with cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills and two handguns in his car.

Spring Hope police were conducting a driver’s license checking station around 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5 when 21-year-old Ryan Boose of 112 Circle Drive, Nashville, refused to show identification and drove away, according to a police department news release.

Officers gave chase and stopped Boose’s car just outside the Spring Hope town limits. Police say they found 26 grams of marijuana. An evidence photo also shows small bags of a white, powdery substance, a red ski mask, a revolver and a pistol.

“Boose obviously cannot possess the illegal drugs, but due to his criminal history, he isn’t allowed to possess the handguns because he is a convicted felon,” the Spring Hope Police Department said in a news release. “This was an example of proactive law enforcement in Spring Hope by the officers that patrol your community.”

Police arrested Boose on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, resisting, delaying and obstructing a law enforcement officer, speeding and having no operator’s license.

Boose was booked into the Nash County Detention Center in Nashville under a $75,000 secured bond.

Police said Boose has been arrested 11 times — five on charges of felony breaking or entering, five on larceny charges and one time on a charge of misdemeanor stalking.

State records show Boose has two criminal convictions. He initially received probation on felony breaking or entering and felony larceny after breaking or entering charges in January 2016. He served a combined 4 ½ months in prison on two separate probation revocations and was last released in August 2018.